Gophers achieve record graduation rate

November 9, 2017
Gopher student-athletes in caps and gowns stand in front of the Goldy statue outside of the student union.

Golden Gopher student-athletes have posted a program-record 92 percent graduation rate, as measured by the NCAA's Graduation Success Rates (GSR). 

This year's GSR, which focuses on the six-year cohort who came to the U as freshmen in 2010, was two points higher than last year's 90-percent mark—the previous department record—and 25 points higher than when the NCAA first used the measure in 2005.

"Whether it's our department's grade-point average or our graduation success rate, we've seen record numbers in the past several years, and that all starts with our students and their commitment to academic excellence," said JT Bruett, director of the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes. "We are also fortunate to have administrators and coaches who emphasize performance in the classroom and an outstanding academic center staff. The results speak to the positive focus on academics throughout our entire department." 

The latest Graduation Success Rates for all 11 Gopher women's athletics programs were 87 percent or higher, and six were a perfect 100 percent: basketball, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Eight men's programs achieved GSRs of 83 percent or higher, and four were perfect: cross county/track and field, golf, gymnastics, and tennis.

“It will always be our priority for Gopher student-athletes to graduate and leave campus prepared to take on the world as the future leaders of our communities," said Athletics Director Mark Coyle, “and I appreciate the dedication our students and academic staff have shown to making it their top priority as well."